Justin Herbert: I want to be the guy, but if I have to sit and learn I will

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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert says he’s been given no assurances about whether he’ll start as a rookie or sit on the bench, but either way he’s ready to work.

Shortly after he was drafted by the Chargers with the sixth overall pick, Herbert said he’s ready to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, and comfortable whether he’s starting as a rookie or holding a clipboard.

“They asked me how I felt about it and I said I’m going to do everything I can to be the best quarterback I can be,” Herbert said. “If I’m the guy, that’s great, I love playing football and I want to be the guy. But if I have to sit back and learn I’m going to do everything I can to be the quarterback I need to be.”

Herbert said it’s an honor to follow in Philip Rivers‘ footsteps, and he’s ready for the challenge. Although the Chargers have been indicating that Taylor is the 2020 starter, it seems likely that Herbert will be starting sooner rather than later.

9 responses to “Justin Herbert: I want to be the guy, but if I have to sit and learn I will

  1. Dude, in order to follow in Rivers’ footsteps you have to be drafted by the Giants, then only get shoved off to the Chargers because a draft dodging QB (Eli Manning) refused to go there.

  2. Hold the clipboard for at least a year. Preferably two. Learn the offense. If I were the Chargers I would be on the phone to Cam Newton or Winston and Tyrod would be backup trying to compete for a starting position. Year two Hebert could compete for the number 2 position. Chargers need him to know the playbook inside and out before he tries to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Mahomes and A. Rogers benefited. Then again a Steelers fan so I should hope they throw him into the NFL fire too early.

  3. Chargers will not start him before getting a LT. Weird draft. Could have gotten Trent with 2nd and 3rd.

  4. God bless Tyrod, he deserves his chance and hopefully it’s a fair one. Unfortunately a crashing failure is likely, so the kid better be ready by week 5.

  5. Inevitably in every draft at least some (maybe most) of the top prospects do not live up to expectations in their NFL careers. If the Spanos Chargers draft a player, it means he is one of those, because it is the destiny of the Spanos Chargers to fail. So, unfortunately for Herbert, this means he will not be successful with the Chargers. But maybe in the future he can get on another team, like Drew Brees did.

  6. Unless Tyrod pulls a Drew Brees and suddenly turns it on after years in the league, I doubt Herbert will have to wait long.

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